Monthly Archives: August 2011

May You Live in Interesting Times

I’m living in interesting times and the Chinese are right: it is both a blessing and a curse.* Over the next month, I need to determine what comes next. Do I follow a conservative line—Cripes! I cringe every time I define myself with that word, no matter what context—or do I throw caution to the […]

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Skimming the Sea

A warm summer day, and we didn’t want to spend all of it indoors, so we walked along Conrad’s Beach about 10 minutes from our home. Alas, my camera’s batteries died after just a few photos. I really want to do this. Especially in such shallow waters. Other photo essays: Beachcombing || Winter || February […]

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It’s Been a Hard Day’s Night

I don’t know about you, but I could use a laugh. Enjoy a little Peter Sellers, my friends.

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Breathing Space

The hardest thing about this year hasn’t been learning that I was misdiagnosed, and that I lost a more than a decade of my life to a lazy medical mistake. It’s been the financial pressures forced on us by being chronically underemployed. As with many illnesses, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Last November, Kristina […]

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Sarah and Agricola

This stop-motion animation music video was created by my nephew, Jason Levangie, working with Sydney Smith (who illustrated Kate Inglis’s The Dread Crew) for Gypsophilia. Such talented lads! I hope they are chuffed.

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Even Christian Charity Has Limits

I had a wonderful childhood, growing up happy in a big family that lived life in technicolor. Our anchor was Connie, our mother, who somehow managed to find time for each of us, especially when we needed her most. She may have been many things, but she was born to be a mother. Her later […]

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

I have a nephew who is considered a genius. He taught himself to read at age two, carried a huge book on ornithology* around with him — everywhere — when he was three and four, and memorized every basketball statistic worth knowing before graduating from grade one. But not everything came so easily. His socialization […]

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In fact, this particular picture is worth 100,000 words.

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